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Laryngologist and Director

Research Professor, Purdue University


Certification & Training

Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology

Fellowship: Laryngology, Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, Wake Forest University

Residency: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical Degree: Medical College of Wisconsin

Undergraduate Degree: Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Wisconsin


Clinical Interests

As a board certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Halum is qualified to manage a wide variety of diseases affecting the head and neck region (chronic sinusitis, chronic otitis media, tonsillitis, obstructive sleep apnea, etc).  However, over the past decade, Dr. Halum’s practice has focused on optimizing treatment modalities for patients with voice, swallowing, and airway disorders including, but not limited to:

  • Laryngeal sensitivity/irritability problems (laryngeal sensory neuropathy)
  • Vocal cord paresis (weakness) and paralysis
  • Laryngeal neurologic diseases (spasmodic dysphonia and vocal tremor)
  • Benign vocal cord growths, including cysts, polyps, and nodules
  • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
  • Vocal cord bowing (presbylaryngis)
  • Vocal cord scar (sulcus vocalis)
  • Silent (laryngopharyngeal) reflux
  • Vocal cord pre-cancer and early cancer
  • Swallowing problems due to stroke, chemoradiation, vocal fold paralysis, and aging
  • Zenker’s diverticula
  • Cricopharyngeal hypertrophy or achalasia


Academic Interests

​Dr. Halum has a long history of basic science, translational, and clinical research contributions.  When Dr. Halum came to Indianapolis 8 years ago, she spent the initial 7 months building a basic science research laboratory focused on stem cell research for the treatment of voice, swallowing, and airway disorders. She worked closely with otolaryngology residents and medical students at the Indiana University School of Medicine to promote clinical and translational research that would ultimately lead to improved patient care.  Her research efforts resulted in funding through the National Institutes of Health based on the merits of the work being produced.  Dr. Halum has developed numerous national and international collaborations through her research.  Current projects include the use of stems cells to restore voice and swallowing in patients with vocal cord paralysis, to replace the larynx (or voice box) through tissue engineering, and to restore swallowing in patients with swallowing problems.

In addition to the projects through her laboratory, Dr. Halum has also focused her academic efforts to improve the safety and quality of life of patients who are tracheostomy dependent. Recently she was the principal investigator on a collaborative study involving eight other major academic institutions in the United States.  The study revealed several important risk factors for tracheostomy-related complications.  She is now involved with an international collaboration that will enroll hospitals in quality improvement programs to help improve safety and quality of care for patients with tracheostomies.

Finally, Dr. Halum regularly participates as an invited reviewer for many of the top otolaryngology journals, she has written board questions for the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABO), and she serves on numerous academic committees such as the Airway and Swallowing Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology.


Awards & Honors

  • Indianapolis Top Doctors, Indianapolis Magazine, 2012
  • First Place Bronchoesophagalogical Award, “Co-culture of Muscle Stem Cells (MSCs) and Vagus Nerve (VN) Derive Motor Neurons: Tissue Engineering through Establishment of Neuromuscular Junctions.” Triological Society, 2012
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) Honor Award,  American Academy of Otolaryngology, 2012
  • ​Fowler Award for Basic Science Thesis (Annual top basic science thesis nationally) Triological Society, 2012
  • “Placenta Stem Cell Based Tissue Engineering of the Trachea: Airway Management of the Future” Indiana University Collaborative Research Grant (IUCRG) Award; P.I.; $56,004; 2/2012-8/2013
  • “Patient’s Choice Award” Patient’s Choice Health [Recognition given to top 5% of physicians based on national patient ratings] 2011
  • “A Double Blinded Placebo-Controlled Study to Investigate Dexlansoprazole for the Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)” Takeda Pharmaceutical Company ; P.I.; $46,000; 6/11-10/13
  • “Guide to America’s Top Physicians”  2009, 2010, 2011
  • “Neurotrophin-Secreting Muscle Stem Cell Therapy for Laryngeal Paralysis”(1K08DC009583-01A1); National Institutes of Health; P.I.; $1,195,860; 3/10-2/15
  • “Autologous Stem-Cell Engrafted Implant for Laryngeal Replacement After Total Laryngectomy”;  Indiana Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Grants; P.I. $24,060; 5/10-10/13
  • Mentor of the Year Award, American Medical Women’s Association, 2008
  • “Treatment of Laryngeal Denervation with Injection of Autologous Myoblasts”; Triological Society; P.I.; $40,000 Awarded; 7/2006-6/2007
  • National Foreign Body Management Award American Broncho-Esophagological Association, American Bronchoesophagolical Association, 2005
  • Chief Resident Award of Recognition for Outstanding Resident Teaching, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2004
  • First Place, Resident Research Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2004
  • National Trainee Research Award, American Neurotology Society (ANS) 2003
  • Resident Travel Award, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA), 2003“Serial Analysis of Gene Expression in Vestibular Schwannomas” American Hearing Research Foundation; P.I.; $17,000 Awarded; 1/02-1/03
  • Second Place, Resident Research Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2002
  • Second Place Award Resident Basic Science Competition, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, 2002
  • First Place Resident Research Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2001


Professional Affiliations

  • 2000-present: American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • 2010-present: Triological Society
  • 1995-present: American Medical Association
  • 2005-present: American Medical Women’s Association
  • 2007-present: American Bronchoesophagology Association
  • 2007-present: American College of Surgeons


More About Stacey

Dr. Stacey Halum is originally from a small town in northern Wisconsin called Merrill, WI.  She met her husband during medical school while he was completing his radiology and they were married during the fourth year of her otolaryngology residency training. As a couple, they have been fortunate to have two wonderful sons who are both now attend catholic grade school.  As a family, they enjoy all kinds of sporting activities (biking, tennis, basketball, etc) and travelling together.  They love living in the Indianapolis area.